Gordon Ramsay, master chef, and star of Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, is best known for his rampaging TV personality and extraordinary culinary talent. He may be aggressive and eccentric on television, but in his private life, Ramsay is actually very down-to-earth and relatable. Just like us, he enjoys fast food, quality time with his family, and has overcome several hardships in his younger years (including a major career shift). Here’s what you need to know about the real Gordon Ramsay:
Ramsay Didn’t Want To Be A Chef As A Kid
As successful as Gordon Ramsay has been in his culinary career, you would think he had planned to be a chef since childhood. However, Ramsay actually shared a dream of many other young English boys in school: he wanted to be a professional football (soccer) player. Ramsay played the sport in school for many years before suffering a knee injury that took him out of the game for good. Before the injury, it was said that the Glasgow Rangers had been monitoring his performance. He might have been recruited after school if it wasn’t for his injury, and the world would never have known his culinary talents.
Ramsay Had A Troubled Childhood
Gordon Ramsay tries to be a good role model for his four children and child contestants on Masterchef Junior. However, he didn’t have that guidance growing up. Ramsay has stated in interviews that his father struggled with alcoholism, and as a result, Ramsay lived in a violent household for many of his early childhood. He said, “Growing up, my father was less than a perfect role model. I watched how he battled alcoholism and how he became terribly violent with my mum, to the point where she feared for her life…[and] was taken to the hospital while we kids were taken to a children’s home.” Because of this, Ramsay and his siblings were bounced around from home to home. He said between the ages of 5 and 16, he went to 17 different schools. However, this harsh upbringing made him determined to be a better father to his children. Ramsay may be strict with his kids, but he always shows them unconditional love and support.
The Ramsay Family Helps Several Charities
Because of his rough early life, Gordon Ramsay is passionate about helping women and children suffering from domestic abuse. In 2007, he and his wife Tana partnered with Women’s Aid, a charity that provides resources for victims of domestic violence. The Ramsays organized and hosted a charity dinner for Women’s Aid in London. The formal event brought over 300 attendees, including the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Elizabeth Hurley, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Trinny Woodall. Together they raised over $400,000 for Women’s Aid. In addition to their involvement with Women’s Aid, the Ramsays have their own foundation, The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation, which partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to fund medical services for underprivileged children.
The Ramsays Lose A Child
Gordon And Tana have five beautiful children, including a set of twins. However, they lost one of their children when Tana miscarried in 2016. The miscarriage happened five months into her pregnancy and was a shock to the entire family. They grieved privately, but Ramsay made a statement via Twitter thanking the Portland Hospital and fans for their support. He said, “We had a devastating weekend as Tana has sadly miscarried our son at five months… We’re together healing as a family, but we want to thank everyone again for all your amazing support and well wishes… I’d especially like to send a big thank you to the amazing team at Portland Hospital for everything they’ve done.” However, they brought a new baby, Oscar, into the world in April of 2019.
He’s A Softy When It Comes To His Kids
Gordon Ramsay is so entertaining to watch because of his eccentric rampages in the kitchen. He frequently refers to contestants on his shows as “donkeys” and other more colorful curse words. However, when it comes to his teenage “MasterChef Junior” contestants and his own kids, Ramsay is actually quite gentle. When the contestants struggle to make their dishes, he is always there to lend a hand and encourages them to never get discouraged as they’re learning. He told Fox News: “For me, it’s hard to watch them [the contestants] get upset about [their culinary] mistakes… I need to help them realize their potential.”
He may keep his cool in the kitchen, but Gordon Ramsay gets very emotional when it comes to his kids. The only time Ramsay has been brought to tears in the kitchen is when his daughter Matilda, who has her own cooking show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, became frustrated over a burger she made. Ramsay was proud of his daughter for her attention to detail and wanted to ensure she knew how talented she was. He said in an interview with Bon Appetit, “That brought tears to my eyes; she cared so much about the burger and the garnish,… For anyone to be that precious at 13 about food … I was very proud of her.”
His Guilty Pleasure
Gordon Ramsay sets incredibly high expectations when it comes to his kitchen, however, in an AMA on Reddit, he admitted to loving fast food as much as the rest of us. A Redditor asked what Ramsay’s “guilty pleasure food” was, and he honestly answered that it was the In-and-Out burger. Ramsay replied, “I wish they were set up in London because if there’s one thing I miss flying out of LA, it’s an In and Out Burger.”
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